Crafting with Kids

This weekend, I had a brilliant idea to try tie dyeing with my son, the Warlord. We watched a few videos on youtube to get him all amped up. I highly recommend Colorful Steve. No bells and whistles, just dives right in. Perfect for the child impatient with a ton of wordy explanations.

I ended up going to Joann for supplies and bought a kit with primary colors and soda ash. Then, after washing and soaking our shirts in soda ash for 20 minutes, we got ourselves dirty.  I didn’t have a rack around, so we tried to work fast to avoid pooling under our shirts.  About a million paper towels were used to this end.  Next time, I promise to be more eco friendly!

The Warlord’s shirts turned out awesome.

Max’s is pretty great too, a red and black peace sign for the anarchist pacifist.

I love this one of mine. This was a white shirt from my closet that had gotten a bit dingy in the underarms. I’ve tried every trick to get it out, but nope. Tie dye to the rescue!  I used a mix of techniques: folding for the arms, spiral center, scrumbles around the spiral.

Pardon the mess. It is self-perpetuating.

This last one, I’m not completely thrilled with. I think it turned out a bit too dark and the peace sign bled a bit too much. This is not jersey material, but a very lightweight woven and I think that might have had something to do with it. I’ll still wear the crap out of it though, I’m sure.

Try tie dye with your kids! It’s a fun way to spend the afternoon, and it can be educational as well.  We learned about color mixing and even scratched the surface of geometric translations and symmetry. Good nerdy fun without the kid even knowing it!

FO Parade (of sorts)

I finished a few projects that I failed to record here.  I need to get better about updating.  First up, a little embroidery project I came up with and gave to my mother (whose last name happens to be Fox).

To dress it up a bit, I wrapped some washi tape around the outer ring of the hoop.  I think it’s a cute touch and I do love finding clever ways to use my tape stash!

This project was my first time doing French knots and I might be addicted to them at present.

I also finished “Rabbit Run,” by the Prairie Schooler.  I love it!  I changed out colors to avoid a trip to the shop and it has a much more modern feel to it.

And lastly, I finished a small Dimensions kit of two poppies.

The kit was nice.  It came with more than enough thread, considering I used three strands rather than two throughout and still had plenty left over at the end.  It came with a needle and a hoop, which was a nice touch.

I have so many projects going at once right now, it’s kind of crazy.  I counted 6 embroidery projects on the hoops.  Maybe I should just put a lid on that if I ever expect to finish anything!

Jessica’s Alphabet–New pattern on Craftsy

I have a new pattern available for sale on Craftsy.   It’s called “Jessica’s Alphabet.”  I hope people like it as much as I do.

 

 

I did intend to post it on Etsy as well, but I’m kind of miffed.  I don’t like all the fees, especially when I don’t sell enough to make it worth it in the end.  On the other hand, Etsy is the only place I’ve had any success with sales.  I’m at a bit of a loss for what to do here.  Craftsy is nice because it is totally free, but their search is horrible.  Your items get lost in a sea of others, with no way to add tags or anything to make it stand out.  In fact, beyond a category, I don’t think you can conduct a keyword search through patterns on Craftsy, at least I can’t see how.  Keyword searches are really simple as far as database design goes, so I’m not sure what they are thinking in not including one.  Ugh.  A loud, resounding, “UGH.”  I guess the point of all this rambling on and on is to pose the question: Where is the best place for indie pattern designers to post their patterns for sale?  I looked into Storenvy, but it doesn’t look like you can sell files on there, just items.

Enough whining.  I’ve also been sewing:

I pulled this cute little skirt together in an afternoon, using a to-die-for flamingo print.  No pattern, just did it.

And above is a close-up of my invisible zipper installation.  I’m going to brag.  It looks ace.  Good job, me.  I also used a blue ribbon as hem tape for a nice and light finished hem.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get pics of that bit.  I have fabric for another skirt, but a little gremlin (who looks like my son, no doubt) has run off with my bobbin cover plate.  Whoops.

Updates and Another Pattern

Hello, blogosphere.  Just a speedy little update.  I finished Merry Meadow:

It’s so hilariously cute.  It needs steaming and framing.  I have a pile of finished pieces now that all need frames!

I’ve also been working on a crochet cardigan of my own design.  Its very simple.  I chained enough for 160 stitches and started triple crocheting my brains out.  I’ve been doing decreases every 4th row.  I’m hoping to get the body to be around 18″ before starting the sleeves.  I haven’t really decided what to do with the neckline or the sleeves yet.  I like the look of set-in sleeves, but I’ve not done much garment construction with crochet to really know how to go about designing it.  Since this cardi is going to be a bit oversized, I thought maybe drop shoulders with more fitted sleeves…probably in a single or half-double crochet.  I have a few store bought sweaters like that and I do like them.  DECISIONS, DECISIONS.

 

And now for a bit of self-promotion (That’s what blogs are for, right?).  I’ve put my second pattern design up on Etsy.  It’s called “Hex Party.”  I was inspired by the ubiquitous hexagons in my life (EPP, furniture, bees, etc…)

 

You can find the pattern here.  It’s a great project for stash threads and easy to personalize.  I’d love to see what creative people can do with it!

 

 

A Finished Object

I’m about to show off something that I am extremely proud of, a finished object of my own design.  I’ve been seeing these biscornu pincushions all over the place and was immediately taken in by their charm.  The geometry nerd in me was intrigued by the construction, which turned out to be much simpler than I expected.  The new cross-stitcher in me is thrilled that I was able to come up with such a fun, yet simple design all by myself (Look, mommy!  Look what I did today!).  Here she is:

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I also made a little scissor fob to dangle from my brand new and shiny Gingher Stork scissors.  Aren’t they fab?  I do believe that having beautiful tools and details makes the domestic arts more enjoyable.

I’m currently working on the finishing touches for a pattern of the biscornu.  All I need to do is insert the charts into the pdf and do a little bit of proofreading.  It should be up on Etsy soonly.